Georgia Blues (1928-1933)

Various Artists

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Georgia Blues (1928-1933) Review

by Jason Ankeny

The Atlanta blues scene of the 1920s was among the most fertile in all the South, with a steady stream of rural musicians converging on the city hoping to gain exposure playing the local club circuit, with any luck rising to perform at Decatur Street's famed 81 Theatre; Georgia Blues 1928-1933 assembles sides from some of the era's most prominent artists, among them Curley Weaver, Fred McMullen and harpist Eddie Mapp. Far and away the best-known of the featured artists, Weaver is captured at the dawn of his career; on his first sides, among them "No No Blues," he sounds remarkably like fellow Atlanta bluesmen the Hicks brothers. The little-known McMullen is the wild card here, a slide guitarist also noted for his picking finesse; of his seven tracks, the best is "DeKalb Chain Gang," a cut so vividly harrowing it seems undoubtedly autobiographical.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Curley Weaver 03:19 Amazon
2 Curley Weaver 03:10 Amazon
3 Eddie Mapp / Curley Weaver 02:45 Amazon
4
Guy Lumpkin / Eddie Mapp 03:16 Amazon
5 Guy Lumpkin / Eddie Mapp 02:49 Amazon
6
Curley Weaver 03:12 Amazon
7
Curley Weaver 02:48 Amazon
8
Eddie Mapp / James Moore 03:05 Amazon
9 Eddie Mapp / James Moore 03:02 Amazon
10
Eddie Mapp / James Moore 02:58 Amazon
11 Eddie Mapp / James Moore 02:56 Amazon
12
Eddie Mapp / James Moore 02:42 Amazon
13
Curley Weaver 03:05 Amazon
14
Guy Lumpkin / Eddie Mapp / James Moore 03:02 Amazon
15
Eddie Mapp 02:49 Amazon
16 Clarence Moore / Curley Weaver 03:08 Amazon
17
Clarence Moore / Curley Weaver 03:15 Amazon
18 Fred McMullen 03:06 Amazon
19
Fred McMullen 02:52 Amazon
20
Fred McMullen 02:44 Amazon
21
Fred McMullen 03:25 Amazon
22
Fred McMullen 03:02 Amazon
23
Fred McMullen 03:00 Amazon
24 Fred McMullen 03:04 Amazon
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